Writing this review 45 days post- delivery and after driving for 1000 kms. I have the Chevrolet Beat base model with power steering and A/C (both are basic – no models without those features)
My wife and I bought the Beat after a lot of evaluation of cars in the hatchback and entry level sedans.
The criteria: a fuel efficient car that can comfortably seat 5
I usually drive in the city to commute to office and back in Mumbai - daily 45 kms, 30 kms freeway and the rest in traffic. I drive with a combination of air conditioning off and on depending on the time of the day. I don’t race beyond 80 kmph and prefer to drive at 65 even on the highways.
I got an average of 12.6 kmpl after initial check up and first servicing. I am expecting this to improve over time.
I don’t want to comment on the looks and upholstery of the car as that is purely a matter of personal choice. To summarize the positives and negatives:
· Value for money : 1200 cc car with a good average
· Comfortable ride
· Optimal spacing inside the cabin – leg room, head room is good
· Decent fuel economy
· 3 year warranty program
· A/C pulls down the performance noticeably
· Acceleration is a bit tight (this can be worked upon though I think)
· Pick-up suffers in lower gears.
Overall Verdict: Satisfied. More updates when I get to 5000 kms.